Liberty Hill Farm is a country inn that specializes in farm stays. Hosts Beth and Bob Kennett operate a Cabot Cheese Coop dairy farm where guests can work the dairy farm, milk the cows, stow hay in the barn, or complete other farm chores. Guests are also fed homemade breakfasts and lunches at 8AM and 6PM respectively.
The farm consists of an idyllic, white farmhouse with a giant red barn, cows, cornfields, tire swing, barn kittens, scattered seats, and a cozy front porch with rockers all situated on a dirt road heading into the national forest in Rochester, Vermont. While we are a bunch of relatively seasoned travelers, we had never stayed in a privately occupied home before. We tentatively entered and were immediately welcomed by the fabulously friendly and sincere Kennett family who has been welcoming guests for more than 25 years. Our trepidation was lifted almost immediately as the kids made friends with other guests,
toured the farm, and then sat for the 6pm dinner with the other guests. It was like we had been there for days.
Dinner always included a delicious meat dish, several salads, homemade breads, casseroles, vegetables, and a dessert such as homemade raspberry ice cream. Fabulous! Breakfast was similarly abundant, but with fruit instead of vegetable and a coffee cake. We ate like kings. Meals are served at a very large table that grows with the number of guests staying at the farm. While the food is great, the opportunity to have a meal with likeminded travelers is almost as good. Conversation with the Kennetts and other visiting guests allowed for periods of reflection and good company. When the children were bored with that, they happily went outside to take a twirl on the tire swing hanging from the Maple in the front yard, check on the calves and barn cats, or maybe put on the muck boots provided by the Kennetts to tromp around the barn. Lunch, if you need it after such a hearty reakfast, is on your own. You may choose to leave the farm and tour the surrounding Vermont countryside like we chose to do. We traveled into nearby Rochester to check out it out, and also the towns of Cabot and Queechee during our stay. Before you book your stay at the Liberty Hill Farm, you can taste some of their food just by buying and eating some Cabot Cheese. Liberty Hill provides milk along with 1200 Cabot Coop farmers. Check out the Kennett
family in the Cabot video on line or at their factory tour.
There are seven rooms that have a shared bath situation and are comfortably styled. Our family stayed in 2 rooms with a shared bath. The kids slept in a kid styled room that truly felt like a room at grandmas. The floors are wide board and painted and the walls decorated in train paper with three comfy beds lining the walls. Our room down the hall was similar, but without the train paper and more genteel. There was no AC, yet none was required; the Vermont breezes kept us cool all night. The rooms as well as the common area are meticulously clean and towels are refreshed daily. Sometimes families rent out the entire inn for family reunions and take advantage of the several common areas. Imagine a farmhouse living room with
books, a piano, comfortable seating, woodstoves, and braided rugs. This is the spot where the one TV and
Wi-Fi is available. I can still hear the sound of the screen door closing as the kids ran out to put on their muck boots to troll the farm grounds.
Staying at the Liberty Hill Farm is like traveling back in time to a simpler place and time. However, you and your family will also gain an appreciation of the farming way of life and the work that goes into farming. We loved it and are looking forward to bringing Grammy back to stay again and share Liberty Hill Farm with her.
Disclosure: Our family was provided a 3 night stay at Liberty Hill farm. I was not required to provide any specific opinion and all opinions are my own.